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Everson Walls

Class of 2018

Career Interceptions

57

Games

186

Pro Bowls

4

Seasons

13

Enshrinement Speech

Career Highlights

Everson Walls was not selected in the 1981 NFL Draft despite leading the nation with 11 interceptions, a school-record, as a senior at Grambling State University. Labeled as too slow to play cornerback in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys signed him as a free agent. Walls immediately turned heads during the preseason when he intercepted three passes, recovered a fumble and scored a TD on a blocked punt to earn a roster spot.

As a rookie, he continued intercepting passes and earned a starting position by the fifth game of the season. He finished the year with a team-record and NFL-leading 11 interceptions to earn consensus All-Rookie and Pro Bowl honors.

Walls’s high-level defensive effort was not short-lived. He was a key figure in the Cowboys’ postseason berths in four of his first five seasons which included two appearances in the NFC championship game.

Although he kept up his high level of play, Walls was one of the few bright spots on an aging Dallas team for the last half of the 1980s. In 1990, he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants and was vital to the team’s season-long march towards a victory in Super Bowl XXV. He started every game at left corner and led the club in interceptions with six for 80 yards and his only career TD return. He also led the team in passes defensed (17) and recorded 58 total tackles.

After leading the Giants in interceptions again in 1991, Walls was waived midway through the 1992 season. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns where he finished his career in 1993.

Walls tallied 57 quarterback takeaways during his 13-year career, which ranked eighth all-time at the time of his retirement. He was the first player in NFL history to lead the league in interceptions three times (1981, 1983, 1985), and topped his team in interceptions seven times (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987-88, 1990-91).

Voted to four Pro Bowls (1982-84, 1986), Walls was named First-Team All-Pro three times (1982, 1983 and 1985) and earned All-NFC recognition four times (1982-85).

 

 

 

 

Interceptions

 

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1981

Dallas

16

11

133

12.1

0

1982

Dallas

9

7

61

8.7

0

1983

Dallas

16

4

70

17.5

0

1984

Dallas

16

3

12

4.0

0

1985

Dallas

16

9

31

3.4

0

1986

Dallas

16

3

46

15.3

0

1987

Dallas

12

5

38

7.6

0

1988

Dallas

16

2

0

0.0

0

1989

Dallas

16

0

0

0.0

0

1990

N.Y. Giants

16

6

80

13.3

1

1991

N.Y. Giants

14

4

7

1.8

0

1992

N.Y./Clev.

16

3

26

8.7

0

1993

Cleveland

7

0

0

0.0

0

Career Total

186

57

504

8.8

1

 
Additional Career Statistics: Sacks: 3.0; Punt Returns: 1-0

Championship Games

 

1981 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27

Walls started at left cornerback. He had eight tackles and one assist, two interceptions for zero yards and one fumble recovery.

1982 NFC – Washington Redskins 31, Dallas Cowboys 17

Walls started at left cornerback. He had one tackle and one assist.

1990 NFCNew York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13

Walls started at right cornerback. He had two tackles.

 

Super Bowls

 

Super Bowl XXVNew York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19

Walls started at right cornerback. He had two tackles one assist and one pass defensed.

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1982 (PFWA, PW)  ·  1983 (AP)  ·  1985 (PFWA)

All-Pro Second Team: 1982 (AP, NEA)  ·  1985 (AP, NEA)

All-NFC: 1982 (UPI)  ·  1983 (PW)  ·  1984 (UPI)  ·  1985 (UPI)

All-NFC Second Team: 1983 (UPI)

 

Pro Bowls

(4) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986

 

In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following the 1993 season)

·       [1st] Most Seasons Leading League in Interceptions – 3 (1981-82, 1985)

Pro Bowl Records

·       [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 4

·       [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 2

 

Team Records

Cowboys records held by Walls

(Records through the 1989 season, Walls’ final season with Dallas)

  • [1st] Most Seasons Leading Team in Interceptions – 5 (1981-82, 1985, 1987-88)
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Season – 11 (1981)
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Rookie Season – 11 (1981)
  • [2nd] Most Interceptions, Career – 44
  • [2nd] Most Interception Return Yardage, Rookie Season – 133 (1981)
  • [3rd] Most Interceptions, Season – 9 (1985)

Awards and Honors

  • All-Rookie Team (1981)
  • Dallas Cowboys 25thpl Anniversary All-Time Team

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1981     Dallas Cowboys................ 12-4-0   (1st)

1982     Dallas Cowboys................. 6-3-0   (2nd*)

1983     Dallas Cowboys................ 12-4-0   (2nd)

1984     Dallas Cowboys.................. 9-7-0   (2nd)

1985     Dallas Cowboys................ 10-6-0   (1st)

1986     Dallas Cowboys.................. 7-9-0   (3rd)

1987     Dallas Cowboys.................. 7-8-0   (2nd)

1988     Dallas Cowboys................. 3-13-0   (5th)

1989     Dallas Cowboys................. 1-15-0   (5th)

1990     N.Y. Giants...................... 13-3-0   (1st)

1991     N.Y. Giants........................ 8-8-0   (4th)

1992     N.Y. Giants...................... 6-10-0   (4th)

1992     Cleveland Browns................ 7-9-0   (3rd)

1993     Cleveland Browns................ 7-9-0   (3rd)

* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

 

League/Team Statistical Titles

NFL Statistical Championships

            Interception Leader: 1981, 1982, 1985

NFC Statistical Championships

Interception Leader: 1981, 1982, 1985

Team Statistical Championships

Interception Leader: 1981DAL, 1982 DAL, 1985 DAL, 1987 DAL, 1988 DAL, 1990NY, 1991NY

            DAL Dallas Cowboys         NY New York Giants        

Full Name: Everson Collins Walls

Birthdate: December 28, 1959

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

High School: L.V. Berkner (Richardson, TX)

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 186 games

Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Dallas in 1981

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